• 21
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 21-25, 2009

Starting out art, auction and collectibles news is an armed robbery of a Rene Magritte painting worth €3 million, a museum director accused of taking Egyptian artifacts, and an Italian airline auctioning its art collection. The Times of London Armed thieves steal Magritte painting in daylight raid A masterpiece by the surrealist painter René Magritte worth up to...

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  • 21
    Sep

Weiss Auction Items Run the Gamut: Stamps, Coins, Comic Art and Rock ‘N’ Roll

[caption id="attachment_2486312" align="aligncenter" width="553" caption="Lots pertaining to reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes will be sold, including this signed flight cover, will be among the hundreds of items in an impressive array of categories up for auction on Oct. 3-4."][/caption] OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – Hundreds of quality, fresh-to-the-market items in an impressive array of categories—to include stamps, coins, rare books, autographs,...

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  • 16
    Sep

This Week in Geek 9/16/09

[caption id="attachment_2486246" align="alignright" width="340" caption="Marvel, Disney and the $1.99 Comic Book?"][/caption] There was an amazing rumor that hit the internet last week. Well, an amazing comic rumor. anyway. We all know that Disney bought Marvel Comics recently. Shortly afterwards; amidst the rumors of Pixar Ant Man movies and Mickey Mouse/Spiderman crossovers came the rumor that Disney was seriously...

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  • 15
    Sep

Antique Furniture Marriage Proposal: How to Tell if Different Pieces Have Been Wed

[caption id="attachment_2486238" align="alignright" width="336" caption="This contraption of a kitchen work table is the top two drawer section of an Empire-period chest, legs from who knows what, and a walnut top that has been made to fit. This is more than just a marriage! "][/caption] Tall bookcase secretaries are very impressive, not to mention expensive, especially if they are...

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  • 15
    Sep

Anatomy of an Auction: What Is a ‘Cut’ Bid?

[caption id="attachment_2486218" align="alignright" width="357" caption="Anatomy of an Auction"][/caption] QUESTION: What is the universal signal from bidder to auctioneer   means  that “cut your opening dollar amount in half?” I thought it was when you took your bid card and kind of waved it sideways at the auctioneer with a cutting motion. – A Reader ANSWER: “I’m bid 50 . ....

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  • 15
    Sep

George Hunzinger’s 19th-Century ‘Patent Furniture’ is Easy to Identify

[caption id="attachment_2486212" align="aligncenter" width="248" caption="An example of George Hunzinger's (1835-1898) "Lollypop Chair.""][/caption] [caption id="attachment_2486214" align="aligncenter" width="246" caption="The design and patent number of a Hunzinger chair."][/caption] This rocking chair is an example made by the factory of Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 to a family that had been cabinetmakers since the 17th century. He emigrated to New York...

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  • 15
    Sep

Eltham Palace Is Really an Art Deco Dream Palace

[caption id="attachment_2486224" align="aligncenter" width="505" caption="It may not look like it from the outside, but Eltham Palace is an Art Deco fan's dream."][/caption] The 1930s are remembered by many people as a time of poverty and high unemployment. The economic difficulties of that era are well recorded, and for the masses, life was tough. But escape, of a sort,...

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  • 14
    Sep

Weekly News Roundup: Sept. 14-18, 2009

Headlining art, antiques and collectibles news are some stolen Warhol portraits, a stolen note from Jackie Kennedy and photographer Annie Leibovitz getting more time to straighten out her financial mess. From The Los Angeles Times: Fortune in Warhol Pop Art stolen Ten portraits of athletes worth multimillions of dollars—including O. J. Simpson, skater Dorothy Hamill, soccer hero Pelé,...

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  • 14
    Sep

Jump Into Collecting Books: Investing in Modern and Current First Editions

[caption id="attachment_2486196" align="alignright" width="338" caption="First edition of “Carrie”"][/caption] If you are looking for an investment you can enjoy on a rainy day is relatively easy to get into and doesn't require a broker or bank, then give first edition books a go. Most people think that collecting first editions is an expensive hobby for the high-income earners with...

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  • 14
    Sep

New Lessons: The Impact of the 2008-09 Economic Crisis on Collectors

When did the 21st century officially begin—January 1, 2000 or January 1, 2001? The great debate of 10 years ago has reached “who cares” status. As a 2000 proponent, I am happy to see the null/naught decade end and the tens decade begin. As the null/naught decade concludes, the antiques and collectibles trade is once again in survival...

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